NEW YORK (AFP) – A deeply scarred US town lowered flags to half mast and urged quiet reflection on the two-year anniversary Sunday of a school massacre that left 20 children and six adults dead.
Officials in traumatised Newtown, Connecticut said a public ceremony would not be held, but instead asked people to mark the fateful day with personal reflection and remembrance.
On December 14, 2012 Adam Lanza shot his mother and then stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School, spraying it with bullets before turning the gun on himself.
The mass shooting horrified the United States and triggered intense debate about America’s controversial gun laws.
Photos of the 20 cherub-faced youngsters cut down before their lives had properly began circulated on social media Sunday, where condolences and prayers poured in.
School officials said the two years since the “awful” events were characterised by “days of joyful hope, and occasional dips of despair.”